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gaaran
04-27-2011, 09:38 PM
Hello all, it's been probably a year since I had cause to do any real fantasy mapping, but I have a new project that I'm working on for my game: Hand-drawn style maps of each of the continents. I want to say thanks to StarRaven and Jezelf, I used their brushes and tutorials, respectively. Couldn't have done it without you guys.

I have a few more things to add to the map I think, but I have most of the major stuff labeled and done. Just looking for some feedback on things that I should change/add/remove or any mistakes or comments. This is my first attempt at a map like this (and only my second REAL attempt at mapping) so be gentle ;).

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Ascension
04-27-2011, 09:48 PM
The town icons look awfully blurry, might want to hit them with the sharpen or unsharp mask to reduce the blurriness...or use some totally different icons. Otherwise, looks great.

eViLe_eAgLe
04-27-2011, 11:59 PM
Agreed.. Except to me there were a few Icon's oddly placed and you might want to consider making the shading lines all the way through most of the forests instead of it stopping in certain open area's.

Steel General
04-28-2011, 06:42 AM
I'm with Ascension, other than the city icons being blurred it looks great.

Ramah
04-28-2011, 06:45 AM
I'll join with the other voices saying the map looks great except for the place markers which are overly blurred.

gaaran
04-28-2011, 05:48 PM
I've replaced all the icons (I had been working zoomed out, and never really looked at them closely after placing them. You guys were right, they were pretty bad.) and have added in a lot more labels and text. I haven't decided on a legend yet, but I'm not so sure that the map really needs one. What do you guys think? I'm pretty pleased with the way this whole map has come together. I think I like the hand-drawn look, rather than the realistic look.

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jtougas
04-28-2011, 06:13 PM
Very nice. :)

arsheesh
04-28-2011, 06:44 PM
Gaaran, this is looking very nice! Once you replaced the blurry symbols this map really came together. I've got to say that as much as I liked your first map, I find this one to be even more attractive. Great job!

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Ascension
04-28-2011, 07:22 PM
Very nice, man.

gaaran
04-28-2011, 07:31 PM
Thanks guys! I think I'm prepared to call it done, but is there anything that the map seems to be missing?

Ascension
04-29-2011, 12:05 AM
It needs a scale so that we know how far it is from one place to another...could be an island could be a continent. While not technically needed a border would be nice (in cartography it's called neatlines 'cuz it sort of finishes off a map and it also keeps the eye from wandering off the page).

Kyndylan
05-03-2011, 09:04 AM
I think it looks absolutely great, with a single caveat - I'm completely thrown out of any immersion in the world of the map when I see the "Cairngorm Peaks" and "Newcastle Pointe" as they're real places, more or less. See the Cairngorms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairngorms) and Newcastle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newcastle_upon_Tyne).

gaaran
05-03-2011, 02:17 PM
I think it looks absolutely great, with a single caveat - I'm completely thrown out of any immersion in the world of the map when I see the "Cairngorm Peaks" and "Newcastle Pointe" as they're real places, more or less. See the Cairngorms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairngorms) and Newcastle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newcastle_upon_Tyne).

As you can see by most of the names on the map, I was going for a British feel to the names. I can honestly say that I didn't know that Newcastle was a real place, although I would be willing to be that there are a couple more places that also have real world counterparts, such as Newhaven (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Haven,_Connecticut) or Norham (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norham). I'll take it as a compliment that I thought of names that actually ARE in England. I also don't remember ever seeing the Cairn Gorms, so I didn't intend to steal the name, but it's possible that I subconsciously remembered the name from somewhere.

rdanhenry
05-04-2011, 02:43 AM
Newcastle is hardly that distinctive. "New" or "Old" tacked onto any generic term is still generic; it is a basic construction for place names. If a random generator with nothing but meaningful modern English words that would logically go into place names could generate the name, it just isn't that specific. (Compare to "New York" which is meaningful only given the place name "York".)

Kyndylan
05-04-2011, 11:21 AM
As you can see by most of the names on the map, I was going for a British feel to the names. I can honestly say that I didn't know that Newcastle was a real place, although I would be willing to be that there are a couple more places that also have real world counterparts, such as Newhaven (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Haven,_Connecticut) or Norham (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norham). I'll take it as a compliment that I thought of names that actually ARE in England. I also don't remember ever seeing the Cairn Gorms, so I didn't intend to steal the name, but it's possible that I subconsciously remembered the name from somewhere.

Hehe, indeed, if they are creations that are meant to sound British you've done a superlative job. It wasn't really a criticism per se, just a personal note that I thought you should be aware of!


Newcastle is hardly that distinctive. "New" or "Old" tacked onto any generic term is still generic; it is a basic construction for place names. If a random generator with nothing but meaningful modern English words that would logically go into place names could generate the name, it just isn't that specific. (Compare to "New York" which is meaningful only given the place name "York".)

Oh, I agree that Newcastle isn't a particularly distinctive name in and of itself - but it's a major major English city nonetheless. If it was some tiny little village I wouldn't be so bothered. I can't think of a good American example off the top of my head, but say you were reading in Spanish and saw a place called "Los Angeles" ... what would your mind spring to? It looks out of place to me, and just pulls me right out of any immersion....but maybe that's just me.

rdanhenry
05-07-2011, 12:44 AM
Oh, I agree that Newcastle isn't a particularly distinctive name in and of itself - but it's a major major English city nonetheless. If it was some tiny little village I wouldn't be so bothered. I can't think of a good American example off the top of my head, but say you were reading in Spanish and saw a place called "Los Angeles" ... what would your mind spring to? It looks out of place to me, and just pulls me right out of any immersion....but maybe that's just me.

So... you'd disbelieve a map of Texas, Nicaragua, or Chile? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_%28disambiguation%29) Although, actually, Los Angeles is a far more unusual name than Newcastle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newcastle).

Kyndylan
05-07-2011, 07:37 AM
So... you'd disbelieve a map of Texas, Nicaragua, or Chile?

Not disbelieve, no, but it would draw my attention and distract me. And if it was an English name even more so. For instance, I'm from Oxford, England, and I always do a double-take when I see Oxford, MA. My thoughts are usually along the lines of "ha - fake Oxford. Copycats...".

Ascension
05-07-2011, 07:56 AM
I think the exact same thing about all of those Main Streets out there. No other reason for the name, gotta be a copycat, right?